My Family Photo Shoot – Just get in the picture!

Disclosure: Our family was provided with a complimentary family photo shoot package for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.


Confession time: I hate having my photo taken. Really and truly hate it. I feel awkward, I tend to blush, and I always seem to end up with this frozen half-smile that looks neither relaxed or friendly. When I do end up in a photo, I almost always end up deleting it. I prefer to stick behind the camera rather than in front of it.

Which means that in my phone camera gallery of over 4,000 photos, I’m in approximately six of them. It’s a bit shit really, and I’m starting to regret being so camera-shy.

So, when I was offered a family photo shoot by My Family Photo, I decided that it was time to get over myself and just get in the bloody picture!

My Family Photo offer all sorts of photo shoots, in a range of locations, but they specialise in 30-minute family sessions. I figured that even with a flighty 5-year-old and a recalcitrant 3-year-old (plus one grumpy husband), we’d be able to handle 30 minutes!

Although we’d had a miserably wet week in Sydney, the morning of our shoot the sun came out and everything was shiny again. Unfortunately, the week of rain meant the park we were meeting in was one giant muddy puddle, but hey, we weren’t taking photos of our feet anyway.

The Stuntman, at 3.5, hates having his photo taken as much as I do, so I knew that Natalie, our photographer, was going to be in for a challenging session. 5-year-old Little Miss is generally the opposite and duck-faces for the camera like a mini-Kardashian, but – typically – she decided on this day that she was “too shy”, and flat out refused to even face the right direction.

Natalie was great – very patient and understanding – and managed to keep a smile on her face while trying to cajole my two reluctant models into a semi-decent pose. I, on the other hand, was doing that hissing-through-a-smile-mum-face made famous by Kate Middleton, alternating between threatening and bribing them to just do as they were bloody well asked. Please. It was a tough 30 minutes.

At the end of the session Mr McD and I despaired that Natalie would have managed to capture even a single decent photo of us all. The kids had pulled faces, run away and been annoying little turds for the entire session, so when I received the link to the gallery of photos I wasn’t feeling too hopeful.

But – somehow – Natalie had performed some kind of miracle, and we ended up with some beautiful shots, like these:

This is one of my favourites, and was captured after Natalie whispered something in his ear (I still don’t know what!) that made him stay still for approximately 3.7 seconds.

This one is quite indicative of the whole session:

And some lovely shots of Mr McD and I:


And finally we have a nice shot of the four of us!

My Family Photo holds these 30-minute family sessions across Sydney, with regular locations including Sutherland, Woolwich, Vaucluse, Mosman, Camperdown and Dural. Locations are not limited to these suburbs – if you can get at least five families interested you can hold a shoot anywhere you’d like. They also offer services in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast.

The cost is $165, which includes the 30-minute session, plus 15 professionally edited digital files which you get to choose from the online gallery. Having the digital files means you can get the photos printed onto canvases or into photo-books, or email them to friends and family.

Check them out and see if they’re holding a session near you soon My Family Photo.

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